Bubble Up Series
My latest series, titled “Bubble Up” is a result of experimentation with circles. Cutting them up, playing with the arc size and diameter, and mixing-and-matching the components until I discover a pleasing composition — the key factor in my process is “play.” I recently lost my full-time job due to company-wide layoffs and the magazine I worked on being discontinued, so I decided to put my newly found studio time to good use! Thinking about how water droplets meet and merge into one another once the surface tension gives way, as well as hinting at cellular division and blowing bubbles, I began to see how a shape as simple as a circle could be manipulated in countless ways. The title also references the current tension bubbling up inside of me as I transition from one career to the next.
Add a touch of surprise with these earrings that are sure to be a conversation starter. And what’s better than one cool pair of earrings? These earrings can be worn three different ways! The diminutive sterling silver posts can be worn alone, with the kinetic drop in front of the earlobe, or (my favorite way!) with the drop behind the earlobe.
Fringed Pebble Earrings
These Fringed Pebble Earrings incorporate the signature sawn tabs my polymer and metal pieces are known for. No two pairs are exactly the same! They're hand-sawn and fabricated sterling silver, and are the perfect daily-wear studs.
Forged Rib Earrings
These lightweight kinetic earrings are made of 100% sterling silver. I hand-forge and finish each element in the body of the earrings, and each ear wire is forged to complement the design. Length: Size varies depending on the number of kinetic ribs; approximately 2-3/8 in. from the top of the ear wire to the bottom of the dangle.
Turning Point Bangles
This series began with a bracelet I made for myself using beads my younger brother made. My younger brother died in 2013, and it was my desire to see the beads/him every day that led me to utilize them in a bracelet I could wear all day, every day, as a way to honor him and keep him with me. Thinking about how life can change in an instant, turning from a set path to an altogether different direction, I designed a bangle with multiple pivot points. These joins allow for movement and flexibility in the bracelet itself, but also, in the original bracelet, serve the purpose of holding David’s beads securely on the segments. The resulting “Turning Point” series is based upon that original design, but applied to different formats. Each bangle is kinetic, pivoting at the wrapped embellishments to create different configurations of positive and negative space. The photos show a variety of bangles in multiple states of movement.
Turning Point Necklaces
We all need a little more play in our lives, right? My new Turning Point Necklace can be worn with the arcs either concave or convex, and each joint pivots, changing as it's worn. It's hand-formed and textured sterling silver with a patina in the recessed areas, highlighting the various textures.
Turning Point Rings
Each of these rings is hand-forged, formed, and textured sterling silver wire connected with a decorative wrapped-wire embellishment. Every mark you see is a result of an individual strike with a variety of texturing hammers or punches. I've applied a patina to enhance the texture. Each ring has a slightly different combination of textures and may contain two or more wraps.
Tired of more traditional styles of ear wires, I wanted to create a mechanical element that would allow the bulk of the earring to dangle in a predictable way. The idea of motion and sound in jewelry has always appealed to me, and while these are silent when worn, the subtle, unexpected way in which they move is intentionally designed to draw interest and attention. Each pair is two sided, allowing the wearer to choose which side faces outward. I texture each pair by hand with various hammers, files, stamps, and a rusty railroad rail segment. The title of this series not only references the way the ear wires conform to the shape of the drops, but also alludes to my personal unwillingness to conform to societal pressures and implied gender roles.